At SiBCON 2018, ExxonMobil has confirmed that all its International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliant, 0.5% sulfur fuels developed to date are residual grades.
It has also announced specification details and confirmed that the formulations are all compatible with each other, provided that bunkering, storage and handling best practice guidance is followed.
ExxonMobil has also named additional locations where its low sulfur fuel range will be available. Ports in Antwerp, Rotterdam, Genoa and Marseilles in Europe, along with Singapore, Laem Chabang in Thailand and Hong Kong, will all offer 0.5% sulfur grades prior to the IMO’s 1 January 2020 deadline.
Additional locations, including North America, and products will be announced during 2018.
The specifications will range from RMD 80 to RMG 380, with a density of between 900 and 970 at 15 oC. Catalytic fine content will meet the level set out in ISO 8217:2017. The combination of these characteristics aims to ensure that vessel operators can continue to operate their main engines, auxiliary engines and boilers safely and efficiently when they switch over to low sulfur fuels.
New lubricants may be required by the vessel operator depending on the chosen compliant fuel. ExxonMobil has also announced a range of cylinder and engine oils.
Details of these will be shared during the company’s ‘Journey to 2020’ symposiums series, the first of which is to be held on 26 October 2018 in Singapore.
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